|Publication number||US7627307 B2|
|Application number||US 11/779,227|
|Publication date||Dec 1, 2009|
|Filing date||Jul 17, 2007|
|Priority date||Mar 6, 2003|
|Also published as||CN1759595A, CN1759595B, EP1599994A2, EP1599994A4, US7324801, US20040203576, US20070264990, WO2004082190A2, WO2004082190A3|
|Publication number||11779227, 779227, US 7627307 B2, US 7627307B2, US-B2-7627307, US7627307 B2, US7627307B2|
|Inventors||Scott T. Droste, Naveen Aerrabotu|
|Original Assignee||Motorola, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (40), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (19), Classifications (10), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The instant specification is a Continuation application and claims priority to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/383,106 (filed Mar. 6, 2003) now U.S. Pat. No. 7,324,801 by the same inventors.
The present invention generally relates to an apparatus and a method for receiving an emergency call, and more specifically to an apparatus and a method for a wireless communication device having a removable user information module configured to receive an emergency call in a locked mode.
A wireless radiotelephone, such as a cellular telephone, typically operates in a wireless network by first registering its subscriber identity such as an international mobile subscriber identity (“IMSI”) and a mobile identity number (“MIN”), to the wireless network. Once registered, the cellular telephone is allowed to initiate and to receive a call in the network. In a normal mode of operation, the cellular telephone receives an incoming call by monitoring a page for the IMSI address, and accepting the incoming call if the IMSI of the page matches the IMSI of the cellular telephone. If the cellular telephone is not registered, the network may refuse a call initiated by the cellular telephone, and the cellular telephone will not be allowed to receive a call targeted to the cellular telephone. The cellular telephone may become unregistered in several ways. For example, the cellular telephone may no longer have a valid subscription with any wireless network; the cellular telephone may be in a locked mode where a user has failed to properly enter a passcode such as a personal identification number (“PIN”); the current visited network may not have roaming agreement with the subscriber's home network; or the cellular telephone may be missing a required user module such as a subscriber identification module (“SIM”) card for a Global System for Mobile Communications (“GSM”) type cellular telephone or a removable user identity module (“R-UIM”) for a code division multiple access (“CDMA”) type cellular telephone. For a SIM or R-UIM equipped cellular telephone, once the cellular telephone becomes unregistered and enters a locked mode, information contained in the SIM or R-UIM becomes inaccessible. However, an unregistered cellular telephone, or a cellular telephone in the locked mode, may still be operated in limited capability to initiate an emergency call to an emergency service center. The emergency call to the emergency service center may be identified by a prestored telephone number dedicated for emergency use, for example, 911 in the United States and 112 in Europe. However, the cellular telephone in the locked mode of operation is disallowed to receive any incoming call including a call back from the emergency service center.
The present invention provides an apparatus and method for a wireless communication device having a user removable module, which contains user information, for receiving an incoming call in response to initiating an emergency call to an emergency service center such as police and fire station while the wireless communication device is operating in a locked mode.
The wireless communication device such as a cellular telephone may enter the locked mode by simply not having a valid service subscription with a wireless network in which the wireless communication device is currently located. The wireless communication device may also enter the locked mode by failing to receive a proper password from a user to unlock the wireless communication device to access information contained in a required user module. A subscriber identification module (“SIM”) card for a Global System for Mobile Communications (“GSM”) type cellular telephone and a removable user identity module (“R-UIM”) for a code division multiple access (“CDMA”) type cellular telephone are examples of such required user modules. When the wireless communication device is operating in the locked mode, the wireless communication device is prevented from making or receiving a normal call but is allowed to initiate an emergency call to an emergency service center. The present invention enables the wireless communication device to receive an incoming call for a predefined period of time after initiating an emergency call to an emergency center.
Generally, the wireless communication device 100 functions as described below. Upon reception of wireless signals, the wireless communication device 100 detects the signals through the antenna 102 to produce detected voice and/or data signals. A receiver in the transceiver 104, coupled to the antenna 102, converts the detected signals into electrical baseband signals and demodulates the electrical baseband signals to recover incoming information, such as voice and/or data, transmitted by the wireless signals. After receiving the incoming information from the receiver in the transceiver 104, the processor 106 formats the incoming information for output to the display 108 and/or audio input and output 112. Likewise, for transmission of wireless signals, the processor 106 formats outgoing information, which may be entered through the input part of the audio input and output 112 or through the user interface 110, and conveys it to a transmitter in the transceiver 104 for modulation of a carrier and conversion into modulated signals. The transmitter in the transceiver 104 conveys the modulated signals to the antenna 102 for transmission to a remote transceiver (not shown).
Input and output devices of the wireless communication device 100 may include a variety of visual, audio and/or motion devices. The output devices may include, but are not limited to, the display 108 and the audio outputs such as speakers, alarms and buzzers of the audio input and output 112. The display 108 may include liquid crystal displays, light emitting diode indicators, or any other displays. The input devices may include, but are not limited to, the user interface 110 and audio inputs of the audio input and output 112. The user input 110 may include keyboards, key pads, selection buttons, touch pads, touch screens, capacitive sensors, motion sensors, switches, or any other user inputs. The audio input of the audio input and output 112 may include a microphone or any other audio input.
The internal components of the wireless communication device 100 further include the memory circuit 114 for storing and retrieving data and the timing circuit 116. The processor 106 may perform various operations to store, manipulate and retrieve information in the memory circuit 114.
Upon powering on, the processor 106 determines whether the wireless communication device 100 is operating in the locked mode. If the processor 106 determines that the wireless communication device 100 is operating in the locked mode, the access to the information contained in the user removable module 118 is denied, and the processor 106 prevents any call from being initiated except for an emergency call. To determine whether a call is an emergency call, the processor 106 compares a telephone number entered through a user interface 110 and a telephone number prestored in its memory 114 such as “911” in the United States and “112” in Europe. If the telephone number and the prestored telephone number match, then the processor 106 initiates the emergency call, and causes the transmitter in the transceiver 104 to transmit the emergency call. After the transmission of the emergency call, the processor 106 is enabled to process incoming calls upon reception by the receiver of the transceiver 104 for a predefined period of time.
The processor 106 monitors whether the emergency call has received a channel assignment after the transmission of the emergency call. Upon the emergency call receiving a channel assignment, the processor 106 accesses at least a part of the information contained in the user removable module 118, and uses the information accessed to complete the call. After the emergency call is completed, the processor 106 uses the information accessed in the user removable module 118 to register the wireless communication device 100 in a local wireless communication network.
Timing information regarding the predefined period of time for which the wireless communication device 100 is enabled to receive the incoming call is stored in the memory circuit 114 along with duration information specifying how long the predefined period of time has been in effect. The timing circuit 116 may include clock circuitry that provides the current time and/or a timer that provides elapsed time from a particular starting time such as a beginning of the duration of the predefined period of time. Different starting times, such as the initiation of the emergency call, the channel assignment, and the termination of the initial emergency call, may be defined as the beginning of the duration of the predefined period of time
Upon receiving the indication permitting to access the subset of the user information contained in the user removable module 118, the wireless communication device 100 accesses the subset of the user information in block 216, and transmits relevant information based upon the subset of the user information accessed in block 218. By transmitting the relevant information and having access to certain user information contained in the user removable module 118, the wireless communication device 100 begins to operate in a mode similar to the normal operation mode, and becomes able to receive incoming calls in block 220 for a predefined period of time. The process then terminates in block 208.
Monitoring of the elapsed time may be accomplished by using an internal clock in the timing circuit 116 of the wireless communication device 100 or by receiving time information from an external time source such as a network time source. The predefined time period may be defined to run from the time the successful channel assignment is made in block 302, from the time the wireless communication device 100 is registered in the local network in block 402, or from the time the emergency call has terminated. The predefined period of time may be renewed upon initiating a new emergency call to the emergency service provider, or upon receiving a call back from the emergency service provider. The start time of the predefined time period may be stored in the internal memory 114 or in the user removable module 118. Storing the start time in the user removable module 118 enables the user within the predefined time period to use a different user-removable-module-equipped communication device by placing the user removable module 118 into the different user-removable-module-equipped communication.
By registering to the local network, if the wireless communication device 100 changes its location, it can be handed off from one cell to another without losing a communication link. It also enables the wireless communication device 100 to receive an incoming call from a source other than the called emergency service center. For example, a caller using the wireless communication device 100 makes an emergency call to a local police department, and the police department dispatches a police car. Then, a police officer in the police car will able to call back the caller the same way as a normal call without having to route the call-back through the police department to affix the call-back origin.
While the preferred embodiments of the invention have been illustrated and described, it is to be understood that the invention is not so limited. Numerous modifications, changes, variations, substitutions and equivalents will occur to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.
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